Contemporary Art, 1960s–present

Postmodernism and Art

What are some examples of postmodern art?

Many postmodern art movements are described as “neo” movements because they respond to earlier modern styles or approaches. Here is a sampling.

  • Neo-expressionism—Neo-expressionism is primarily focused on painting (though 252 some sculpture is considered neo-expressionist) and first began in Germany in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Neo-expressionist paintings are usually vibrant, sometimes figurative, but often raw and self-aware. Neo-expressionist artists include Anselm Kiefer (1945–) from Germany, and the American Julian Schnabel (1951–), who’s large, brash paintings have been highly financially successful.
  • Neo-geo—Neo-Geometric Conceptualism, or neo-geo, developed in New York City in the mid—1980s and is characterized by postmodern appropriation and a strong sense of irony. Artists associated with neo-geo include Peter Halley (1953–) and Ross Blecker (1949–), who brought new symbolic meaning to familiar modernist forms. Artists such as Ashley Bickerton (1959–) and Jeff Koons (1955–) are neo-geo artists more interested in consumer culture, and their art is sometimes also categorized as “post pop.”
  • Neo-pop—Neo-pop is another term for post Pop, an art movement that developed under the influence of pop art in the 1980s. Neo-pop artists include Haim Steinbach (1944–), Alan McCollum (1949–), Jeff Koons (1955–), Ashley Bicker-ton (1959–), and Takashi Murakami (1961–). Neo-pop artists frequently use preexisting, everyday objects (also known as ready-mades) in their work and question the values of mainstream culture.

Designed by Frank Gehry, the Stata Center is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is an example of postmodern architecture.


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